Over 10,000 store and gimmer lambs, the biggest entry of the year to date, were sold at the fortnightly sale at Skipton Auction Mart. (Wed, Aug 24)
The title-winning pen of Skipton Mule wether lambs, with exhibitor John Harrison, centre, joined by his 12-year-old son Freddie and judge John Roberts.
The fixture featured the annual show for pens of 50 Mule wether lambs, when, for the second year running, the champions were presented by Mark and Susan Harrison, who trade as V Verity & Son at Whitmoor Farm, West End, Summerbridge.
They retained the Stephen Foster Memorial Trophy, going on to sell their lambs for £67 per head (£59.80 last year) to Tom James, Worcester, who purchased all the prize-winning pens.
In second place was Kevin Wilson, Blubberhouses, third Wayne Allen, Leek, and fourth the Harrisons again. Their pens sold at £64.50, £62 and £64.80 respectively.
An entry of 8,775 store lambs, headed by a near 4,000-strong Texel turnout and 2,658 Mules, attracted buyers from across the nation, in particular the south and Wales, seeking to source large numbers of quality keep lambs.
An across-the-board average selling price of £61.67 per head, around £5 a head higher than last year, was achieved. As with the previous day’s annual show and sale of gimmer shearlings, Mules were in popular demand, averaging almost £60 each, against £53.37 in 2010.
Strongest trade was for Suffolk and Continental store lambs, which sold to highs of over £70, Suffolks averaging £65.68 (£59.51 in 2010) and Texels £62.86 (£58.04). The 1,375 gimmer lambs forwards averaged almost £76 a head.
The sale was sponsored by Upper Wharfedale Agricultural Society, organisers of the annual Kilnsey Show, this year held on Tuesday, August 30. Show judge was Welshman John Roberts, of Betswy-Coed. Full results, prices and averages are at www.ccmauctions.com
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